I am fiscally conservative, so I don’t count my money until the checks clear.
But let’s just say that about half of the pledges are realizable. That amounts to a respectable calling card by a candidate not aligned with the usual contributor base.
Depending on where James takes his campaign from here, it could affect the strategy of the political in crowd darlings with designs on the office of mayor.
If James is successful at raising money, do they go on the attack against him in the primary, or do they wait and see if he makes the runoff? If James secures the votes Walter Moore and others did in the 2009 campaign, he is almost a sure shot for making it to the runoff.
So let’s say you are a Greuel, Perry or Garcetti and you fear that you may not make the cut because you are trailing in the polls showing Yaroslavsky with thirty percent of the likely vote and James with twenty or so. Do you run attack ads against James rather than Zev?
It could get complicated and wreck some friendships.
But it will be worth watching,